Social Care Institute for Excellence Audit Report
In July 2016, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) published their independent safeguarding audit on the Diocese of Ely.
The SCIE improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works.
They are a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK.
They improve the quality of care and support services for adults and children by:
- identifying and sharing knowledge about what works and what’s new
- supporting people who plan, commission, deliver and use services to put that knowledge into practice
- informing, influencing and inspiring the direction of future practice and policy.
Recommended considerations from the report
The Diocese of Ely welcomes the findings of the report and values the recommended considerations that the report has outlined.
Prior to the Audit, the Diocese had already initiated many of the recommended considerations identified and is now working to implement the remaining recommendations.
To view a full copy of the report, please click on the link below.
Progress since the audit and future planning
- An Independent Chair has been appointed to the Ely Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group (DSMG). The Terms of Reference for the DSMG will be reviewed on the basis of the considerations highlighted by the Audit Report. Consideration given to how to develop local information-sharing protocols with statutory agency partners within the DSMG.
- As referred to in the Report, all existing Safeguarding Agreements are being revised to comply with the Church of England’s Risk Assessment Practice Guidance 2015
- The safeguarding pages of the website have been indexed and the sections are now hyperlinked to allow quick access. The downloadable PDF file of the procedures now has a contents page and page numbers.
- A whistleblowing policy has now been written and is available on the Ely Diocese website and has been circulated to all Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators.
- A 3-stage safeguarding complaints policy has now been written and we have a ‘per diem’ arrangement with the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service to act as the independent appeal body for stage 3 complaints. It is available on the Ely Diocese Website and has been circulated to all Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators.
- The Diocese of Ely has not previously had a strategic plan for safeguarding. Our plan for 2017 – 2019 is still under development, but its intention is to feed into the key objectives described in the Ely 2025 Strategy Lever 2 ‘Building Healthy Churches”. A component of this plan will be the development of a Training Strategy for the delivery of the new Church of England Learning and Development Framework from January 2017. A subgroup of the DSMG is working to consider how best to resource and implement the Framework
- The Diocese of Ely will be implementing in full the Church of England’s National Policies and Practice Guidance following the publication of the main new safeguarding policy in January 2017. Diocesan Synod will be requested to formally accept the policy guidance.